African Performances at Musée d’Aquitaine Bordeaux

Prof. Monika Salzbrunn invited to speak about African Performances at Musée d’Aquitaine Bordeaux


During the closing symposium of the research programme « Contemporary African artistic practice:
political forms and issues », 17th-18th May 2018, Prof. Monika Salzbrunn is invited to speak about Performances and Performativity: Careers of artists at work in the “in-between” and citizens’ engagement.

Link to the museum website



May 17, 2018 – Musée d’Aquitaine
Part 1 : Pathways and imaginary of highly charged objects



10h – Welcome address
10h15 – 12h15
Panel 1 – Mending (with) archives?

Moderator: Marian Nur Goni (CRAL/EHESS)

(Session in English)

  • Sam Hopkins, (artist, University of the Arts, London)
  • Simon Rittmeier (filmmaker)
  • Abira Hussein (archivist, activist)
  • Marian Nur Goni (CRAL/EHESS)
Panel 2 – Sound archives: (de)collection and (re)interpretation

Moderator: Dominique Malaquais (CNRS/IMAF, Paris)

(Session in English)

  • Katja Gentric, (George Chevrier Centre, University of Dijon; University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa)
  • John Peffer, (Ramapo College, New Jersey, USA)
Panel 3 – Restitute this! Colonial violence, pillage, return

Moderator: Emmanuelle Spiesse (LAM)

(Session in English)

  • Peju Layiwola, (University of Lagos, Nigeria)
  • Nadine Siegert, (Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth, Germany)
  • Jelili Atiku, (artist, performer*)



Screening of an excerpt of the film Invasion 1897, directed by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen

*Performance by artist Jelili Atiku: Rawson’s Boat (on May 18, 2012, 11h-45 – 12h45)



May 18, 2018 – Musée d’Aquitaine
Part 2 – Performance and performativity


Panel 1: The dramatisation of humanitarian action

Moderator: Maëline Le Lay

(Session in French)

  • Marta Amico (University of Rennes 2)
  • Aurore Desgranges (University of Lyon II)
  • Emmanuelle David (Sciences Po Bordeaux/University of Lausanne/LAM)


Panel 2: Careers of artists at work in the “in-between” and citizens’ engagement

Moderator: Armelle Gaulier

(Session in French)

  • Fazia Aïtel (Claremont McKenna College, California, USA)
  • Tristan Leperlier (CESSP, Paris)
  • Emmanuelle Olivier (EHESS – Georg Simmel Centre, Paris)
  • Monika Salzbrunn (ISSRC, University of Lausanne)
  • Armelle Gaulier (LAM)



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